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We show you more in Berlin than just Gallery Weekend!

This is the busiest art summer in years (ten years to be exact) with Venice, Documenta, and Münster. This newsletter comes almost as soon as the last was sent out. The best place to read it is on the trip from Cologne to Berlin – because our next stop is Gallery Weekend.

Nothing compares to seeing an exhibition in a gallery, no one else cultivates as long and lasting of a relationship as a gallery with an artist they represent. Often they have the only archives of an artist’s oeuvre and deep information about their practice. Galleries are the right place for the whole gestalt of a work to premiere its voice. This is when artwork looks the freshest with a long distance hope entering a permanent institutional collection (which means to have received the honor of 'museum quality'). In this moment galleries are at the forefront of presenting new art, as the esteemed curator Robert Storr wrote “more adventurous gallerists who, aside from the profit motive and in some respects because of it, seem in many cases to be bolder and more curious than their institutional counterparts.”

Gallery Weekend is an event like no other. Unlike the artificial situation in a trade fair or on the auction chopping block where meaning and context are emptied out. Collectors from all over the world come to see art in its primary public source, to buy early, for galleries to step up to the plate and for artists to give it their best.

We cover everything, not just the official GWB program. In our app you will find around 100 openings just for this weekend. To navigate the behemoth is a vast task, it requires orientation and organization, and we give you that with our app. Influential artists, curators and collectors gave us their Picks. So look what Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesca Gavin, Krist Gruijthuijsen, and Anita Zablodowiz recommend to see.

Our home turf and source of pride is Berlin and we hope here to provide a few entry points in this, 'slightly' longer than usual, newsletter. Having in mind what Alain Servais said, “Art is not a luxury good. When people ask me what I collect, I say I collect ideas.” In other words, a good collector thinks like a good curator, looking from a particular point of view at themes they find interesting.

Two gallerists we believe in, who help us to see and understand challenging new works, have booth announced that they are moving into new spaces. Long time friends and supporters of each other, Esther Schipper and Mehdi Chouakri, pillars of the local art community have timed their grand openings with this biggest art event in Berlin. Another wonderful merit of GWB is how galleries share artists (and even collectors) which is a much needed occurrence of altruism.

Like everything in life, every silver lining has its dark cloud. As great philosopher of network theory Donna Haraway aptly put it: “We're living in a world of connections – and it matters which ones get made and unmade.” In Berlin, more so than in any other city, everything depends upon the politics and of who you are connected to. Gallery Weekend Berlin is an event founded and owned by galleries. There are no applications, no official selection process, it is strictly invitation only, with some galleries waiting years to be asked to participate and many never asked at all.

In its lucky 13th edition Gallery Weekend has matured out of its adolescent years, and is not growing anymore – on the contrary they seem to be pruning back as the eight vacant spaces from galleries no longer participating this year have not been filled. Some moved, some chose not to participate and other didn’t have any choice to come back. Only one gallery was selected to participate for the first time, the experimental, exciting, and deserving ChertLüdde.

At an art fair the biggest players are grouped at the front. So how do you know where to start in a vast sprawling city? For us there is one clear answer: Potsdamer Strasse.

Gentrification is in full swing in this area. There are still some rough edges like the lingering hookers on Kurfürstenstrasse but the cycle moves forward: usually first the galleries move in, than the shops with higher rents pushing the galleries out and eventually luxury real estate takes over. This is the well known pattern but we champion a mix of so called 'low culture' with 'high culture' and hope that Berlin can be different.

Anri Sala: Take Over, 2017. Courtesy Esther Schipper, Berlin, photo: Andrea Rossetti

Besides being very Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse is a great first pin to drop on the app because it is also home to the brand new space of Esther Schipper. In gallery vocabulary the ultimate signifier of blue-chipness is a perfectly designed space of the high “art-architecture complex.” No one is better at planning galleries right now than Selldorf Architects (one of the only living female Starchitects, who designed a breath-taking gallery for David Zwirner, in addition to others like Gagosian and Hauser & Wirth) – and Annabelle Selldorf herself worked on this project. We can’t wait to see it.

There are two inaugural exhibitions. First, one of our super-all-time favorites, the celebrated Albanian-born French artist Anri Sala who responds with a site-specific show. His (sub)themes include the tropes at the intersection of the non-verbal and the narrative; he uses music to unfold open-ended possibilities. The exhibition titled “Take Over” features a new sound/video installation and large scale drawings. A film depicting a close up of the keys on a self-playing piano with a human hand animated along with the machine automation. Two songs, La Marseillaise and the Internationale, written in 1792 are the leitmotivs of “Take Over” charging it with revolutions and anthems. The work is not easy to sit with as it directly confronts the deepest political issues, but like osmosis seeps into our lasting memory. The second exhibition is the much deserving but under-visible Angela Bulloch. Her show aptly titled “Heavy Metal Body” features three steel stacks that recall Brancusi’s modernist masterpiece “Endless Column” updated for our techno-organic age. Variations on the stack – each with distinct rhythm – are made from differing modular rhomboid units. Each painted with colors that play with the eye in an optical illusion of space. Like all great art, they set up their own world of rules and systems, within which they convincingly fulfil the artist’s intention, shaping the way we see the world of colors and forms around us.

Other galleries inside this post-industrial complex of former Der Tagesspiegel (a Berlin newspaper) include mid-sized but large in ideas Galerie Thomas Fischer, the excellent Galeria Plan B, and hipply smart Arratia Beer. These are next to a gallery we respect (his gallery is upstairs, which is trendy) Galerie Guido W. Baudach. Choosing to show a survey of Jürgen Klauke, a long time staple of the gallery and a pioneer of immersive multimedia installation which are the norm now. He also explored “body art” early in the 70s and continued to explore the on-point trope of contemporary condition urban ennui.

Zanele Muholi – Somnyama Ngonyama (installation view). Courtesy WNTRP, Berlin

Also on Potsdamer Strasse, WNTRP, (the experimental, discursive and independent extension of Wentrup gallery) is showing the radical work of Zanele Muholi. She is known internationally for her series “Faces and Phases” that reverently depicted the South African LGBTI community. Her current show “Somnyama Ngonyama” (Zulu for: Hail the black lioness) deconstructs blackfacing of minstrel theater, depictions of the black body as the other, and ultimately restores the dignity of representations of blackness.

It is important to go outside the well-trodden Gallery Weekend paths, and take the road less traveled which includes going to Tanja Wagner. Showing the multidisciplinarian installation artist Kapwani Kiwanga, who is Canadian-born and Paris-based, working intentionally to confuse truth and fiction, perfect for our post-truth world. It is a form of resistance against the hegemonic norms using cultural imaginaries such as Afrofuturism in order to tackle issues as deep as the memory of anti-colonial struggle.

Berlin is known for having many project spaces, some say there are over 150, but it is an ever changing ecosystem. Center has had a long history of innovative curatorial directors that change every couple of years. Most recently the space is headed up by emerging curator, Thomas Butler (Room E-10 27), who mounted a show with a series of new works from Maximilian Schmoetzer. The video (his main medium) is centered around the destruction of the Roman Triumphal Arch in Syria by ISIS. Another project space we look forward to is HORSEANDPONY. They are showing a group exhibition curated by GeoVanna Gonzalez titled “A New Prescription for Insomnia,” we would be into such a pharmaceutical downer after all the uppers this weekend.

Just south off on Genthiner Strasse is Société, they capture the contemporary zeitgeist before anyone else (everyone seems to play catch up). Always a highlight of GWB, they take a chance by showing an artist outside of their program, Shanghai-born Lu Yang, who was in the 2015 Chinese Pavilion in Venice. Her boundary-pushing experimental practice includes reanimating dead frogs for a video of an underwater zombie ballet. Touching on themes of imaging (such as medical imaging), stereotactic mapping, deep-brain stimulation, cartoonification of the body including Japanese manga, and of course the multi-gendered chimera. She is the quintessential digital native who claims all her work is made online.

Michel Majerus – aluminium paintings (installation view). Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Matthew Marks Gallery, photo: Jens Ziehe

Jumping eastward to the expansive Mitte, once ground zero for many Berlin galleries, we hop to several spaces clustered around KW. The great bellwether of Berlin galleries is neugerriemschneider, who is paying homage to the highly influential Michel Majerus, whose estate they represent, to feature his famed aluminium paintings. Majerus was among the first to bring Photoshop to painting through sampling and combining iconography from cartoons, video games, graphic design, and references to art history into the many languages of modernism and postmodernist monochrome painting. A resurgence of interest in Majerus' 90s innovations is timed with the rise of young emerging stars as diverse as Gedi Sibony or Michail Pirgelis (aluminum paintings), Jamian Juliano-Villani (sampling cartoons), or even Lucy Dodd (who is the GWB show of mega-gallery Sprüth Magers).

When people come to visit Berlin for the first time one of the names they already know is the internationally renowned Galerie Eigen + Art, along with the usually candid and charismatic founder Gerd Harry Lybke, called Judy by anyone who knows him. Lybke founded the gallery illegally in his apartment during the GDR and was among the first galleries to show Olaf Nicolai. He is featured in Documenta 14 Athens with one of the works that is most fitting the core theme where he samples radio sounds, riots, and protests, into a phonic collage. Nicolai’s conceptual practise is impossible to categorize. He will certainly surprise us. We heard there are glass beads involved responding to the architecture of the gallery.

Also in Mitte is BQ, mounting a show of Matti Braun titled “Singale Sugat,” an artist shared with Esther Schipper, again pointing to gallery interconnectedness. Braun explores complex themes such as globalization, the cultural exchange between East and West, recognitions and mis-recognitions; but in the end his work is visually arresting with pure beauty including his silk paintings that are dyed wet-on-wet.

Further west is the Wolfgang Tillmans run Between Bridges which is also a trailblazer. Sometimes it takes an artist to recognize the work of other artists. Showing the 78 year old German self-taught street photographer Helga Paris, a top Pick on our app from Francesca Gavin. Paris was born the year before the outbreak of WWII, she lost her fathers and brothers, was forced to relocate to East Berlin in the GDR and has been raised by her aunts among other women. These photographs are incredible documents of the world behind the iron curtain but look refreshingly contemporary in formalist style.

The farthest west is Charlottenburg, a gallery district that unlike its conservative (and hyper-touristy) surroundings hosts some galleries whose programs refuse to bend to the market. The hippest, scholarly bastion for painting in an anti-painting city is Weiss Berlin. They are showing the extremely sophisticated (clearly Tal R inspired) painter Ali Altin. He is a figure in the Düsseldorf scene, who knows everyone and makes artists books including everyone, so it is exciting to see his work finally in Berlin. Close enough is the two spaces of admired Lars Friedrich. One of the shows, Mathieu Malouf, is well worth seeing. A new body of paintings in dark space (literally), but ever witty, portray political and economic figures like ultra high net worth individuals, perfect for Gallery Weekend.

The two brand new spaces of Mehdi Chouakri both open with one single artist, a (reticent) giant of postwar minimalism, Charlotte Posenenske. She died tragically young and worked for only few years (a single decade) yet transformed the history of sculpture with her innovative practice. Only recently is she getting her due, after years of being shown by legends Konrad Fischer and Paul Maenz who helped to historicize her practice. Coming just in time before her major institutional retrospective this year in the temple of minimalism, Dia Beacon. One half, “1957,” shows her earliest works made as art objects, after years as set and costume designer (this informs the “theatricality” of her practice – take that Michael Fried). She contributed to the later generation-defining relational movements of the 90s in making the work of art interactive, in her beautiful “statement (manifesto)” she writes “I leave this alteration to the consumer who thereby again and anew participates in the creation.”

Toby Ziegler – The Cheat (installation view). Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

It is not possible to write about GWB without mentioning mainstay Galerie Max Hetzler. Showing one of his youngest artists, 'abstract' but by no means without image painter Toby Ziegler. Ziegler takes a single motif, processes it through our Google Image Search saturated world to create new forms and even new pictorial spaces. In his other gallery Hetzler shows the late giant Günther Förg, presenting a six-part painting series from 2003.

Claes Nordenhake is one of the most important Swedish gallerists, who remarkably founded the gallery complex on Lindenstrasse, another moment of galleries supporting each other. He has been showing the celebrated outstanding Spencer Finch since 2003, among his first shows in Europe. The new exhibition is titled “The eye you see isn't an eye because you see it, it's an eye because it sees you” and continues with Finch’s career long interest in phenomenology, light and color by celebrating and investigating all the ways we experience it.

The last stop we will make is the urgent KOW on Brunnenstrasse. Presenting Candice Breitz’s “Love Story,” a seven-channel video installation. On one video Alec Baldwin is sitting in front of a green screen reminding himself that people are more likely to believe his truth because he is famous. Afterwards his tells the story of his own arrest in Cairo and his life as a refugee, a difficult and unsettling story to listen to. Another movie star, Julianne Moore tells her first person account of facing a brutal attack that she and her children survived, before being forced into fleeing, and near unbearable suffering. Several other actors tell stories that could not possibly be their own. These narratives of escape are retold but not from the faceless who suffered them. The unresolvable divide between the speaker and what is spoken, questions the relations between fiction and reality.

Candice Breitz – Love Story, 2016 (installation view). Courtesy KOW, Berlin

How can you see everything in one weekend? Inevitably exhibitions will be left out, but we face down our FOMO with confidence. We are determined to fearlessly set our course for the non-stop sleepless 72 hours. For that we need the best navigation possible. As we say, if you are lost with their map, download our app.

See you at all the right spots with all the right people, including marathon curator HUO who famously said “Don’t stop. We never stop.” Moving between everything from studio visits, to the official Gallery Weekend dinner, to the awesome unofficial ACUD MACHT NEU after-party, to Pogo Bar, Kumpelnest 3000, to the book launch at KW for Adam Pendleton, hearing talks with legendary artist Kerry James Marshall or curator Daniel Birnbaum and many more. We will be sending out our Alerts (see here how to subscribe) all weekend as soon as the information comes in – we promise you’ll be the first to know.


– Justin Polera

All about Berlin: Art Week, Gallery Weekend, Biennale and more
Despite the hand that 2020 has dealt thus far, this year’s Berlin Art Week and postponed edition of Gallery Weekend Berlin are set to kick off in nearly full swing on September 9th and 11th, respectively. There may not be any boisterous dinners or crowded openings in the traditional sense, but a plethora of noteworthy exhibitions, talks, screenings and award ceremonies will be taking place digitally and physically, with day-long openings where you can—wait for it—actually see the art on the walls. Without further ado, here are some of the most promising shows that should be at the top of your itinerary for the 2020 iterations of Berlin Art Week and Gallery Weekend Berlin.

Igloos, monochromes, and birdsong: It’s time for artgenève
Geneva might be nicknamed the “capital of peace” but there’s little chance of rest and relaxation when artgenève comes to town. Instead, art world insiders descend on Switzerland’s second largest city to enjoy the fair as well as the city’s great selection of institutional offerings. With 90 galleries and a packed program of invited institutions and curated exhibitions it’s good to arrive prepared. We’ve gathered a handy list of highlights from both in and outside artgenève’s hallowed halls.

EXPO ART WEEK is back, and buzzier than before
Chicago’s art scene is truly heating up this fall. Brace yourself for what is likely the most jam-packed calendar of art fairs and exhibitions the city has seen in recent memory, all of which will ignite cultural sites in various neighborhoods. For the second time ever, EXPO CHICAGO coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial; add the inaugural Chicago Invitational, presented by New Art Dealers Alliance, and you have a super trifecta of art affairs, all happening during the same week.

It's time for Berlin Art Week again
It’s finally that time of the year when the art world emerges from its summer hibernation and kicks into full gear with a whirlwind of autumn programming. One of the biggest events this month in Europe is the eighth edition of Berlin Art Week, which officially includes two art fairs, 18 institutions, 15 private collections, and 26 project spaces throughout the entire city—not to mention the four art awards and their ceremonies.

The art world mecca that is Basel
You’ve probably already touched down in Hong Kong, London, Venice, and Berlin earlier this year, but now it’s time for one more stop: Basel. As the usually quiet Swiss city is inundated with the craze of the international art world and events that accompany it, we know it’s impossible to follow any kind of planned itinerary, but you can at least have a few specifics on your radar – and that’s where we come in. Here we give you an overview of where to be (and sometimes when) to avoid FOMO during your trip to the latest destination on the art world’s map.

Beneath the paving stones lies the beach. Venice Biennale Highlights
Between the water veins and polished facades, the 58th Venice Biennale this year opens with a proverbial curse as a title. A conceptual intention lead by Ralph Rugoff... an interesting move in an art world saturated at late with esoteric tendencies and a burgeoning occultist revolt. The title of the show is “May You Live In Interesting Times” the words are chilling and uneasy, perhaps it’s more the use of “you” rather than the often tokenized “us” or “we” that is used in the art world. One can’t help but think of it as a threat seeping out from all the fallen terrorized curators who have taken on such enormous feats at biennales in recent years and politely failed.

Inhale the Past – Exhale the Future
The art world’s rhythm at present could be likened to a Kundalini style yogic fire-breathing class, the same people, same rooms, all short of breath and in a trance-like frenzy as they roamed from Hong Kong to Cologne, to Berlin and then to Venice. Saying that Berlin is potentially the calm moment in the class, where the yogi can reflect and watch the energy unfold. As a city, Berlin offers an understated but never easily graspable art scene. The art world there is as varied as its history and its geographical, cultural setting spreads over several districts which are generally located by generation, political mindset, and spiritual economy.

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LOST iN – April
Whether you're springing forward or falling back, there's no denying the transformation is already well underway. To celebrate new beginnings, we've teamed up again with our travel-bae LOST iN to bring you a selection of the art shows worth your time and the drinks and eating worth your cultured-up dime.

#Hong Kong
Exhibitionary just arrived in Hong Kong
Art Basel Hong Kong opens this week and we tell you what not to miss.

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5 Shows in February
Here is our choice of five exhibitions that will sweeten up your January blues.

Wong Ping | Kunsthalle | Basel
Morag Keil | ICA | London
Sharon Lockhart | neugerriemschneider | Berlin
Adam McEwen | Lever House | New York
Petra Cortright | 1301PE | Los Angeles

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9 events not to miss in LA this week
On Los Angeles for Frieze, this week? Here's what's not to be missed.

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LOST iN – January
Four great exhibitions to catch during the next few weeks and LOST iN rounds out the offer with their pick for where to catch a cultured-up bite or tipple afterwards.

#New York
5 Shows in January
Here is our choice of five exhibitions that will sweeten up your January blues.

Nicolas Party | M Woods | Beijing
Annette Kelm | Kunsthalle | Vienna
Raphaela Vogel | Berlinische Galerie | Berlin
Jesse Darling | Tate Britain | London
Soul of a Nation | Brooklyn Museum | New York

#New York
LOST iN – December
Four exhibitions to make you forget all about eggnog and mistletoe. LOST iN included four places to grab a drink or a fantastic meal within spitting distance of the galleries.

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5 Shows in November
Our picks for the five shows we recommend to see in November.

Space Shifters | Hayward Gallery | London
Klara Lidén | Reena Spaulings | New York
Martin Boyce | Esther Schipper | Berlin
Paola Pivi | The Bass | Miami
Cao Fei | K21 | Düsseldorf

LOST iN – November
Four fantastic new art shows, plus a selection of LOST iN's favorite places within walking distance for drinks & nibbles.

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5 Shows in October
Here are our picks for the five shows you should catch in October.

Ugo Rondinone | Gladstone Gallery | New York
Gregor Hildebrandt | Wentrup | Berlin
AA Bronson & General Idea | Maureen Paley | London
A Journey That Wasn't | The Broad | Los Angeles
Anthea Hamilton | Secession | Vienna

Berlin gets busy - Your guide to Berlin Art Week!
Bringing it back to Berlin – the home turf of Exhibitionary – is the seventh Berlin Art Week from 26–30 September! Plotted around Berlin are two art fairs, 15 museums and institutions, two art associations, one theatre, eleven private collections and 20 project spaces, expecting your pretty feet on their freshly mopped floors. And mate, it’s an ambitious program!

Hi Munich & Various Others
First off, some exciting news: we have added yet another great city to our roster of contemporary art hotspots around the globe. Exhibitionary now also covers Munich and we are happy to announce that we have partnered with Various Others. It is a cooperative project, where galleries and off-spaces invite international partner-galleries to develop an exhibition project together. Besides, some of Munich’s best museums will be offering a wide thematic frame with an array of events to accompany their exhibitions.

They grow up so fast – 10 years of curated by_ in Vienna
Summer is making its slow exit, and you can embrace the lack of sweat patches, slow-cooking in public transport and finally don your matrix coat, order that pumpkin spice latte, and flock to Vienna, because it’s a whole flippin' month of curated by_! The gallery festival where 21 renowned Viennese galleries invite international curators and give them free reign over their gallery spaces to do as they please with it is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

#Los Angeles
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Five Shows in July
Here are our picks for the five shows you should still catch in July.

Made in L.A. | Hammer Museum | Los Angeles
Lin May Saeed | Studio Voltaire | London
Vile Bodies | Michael Werner | London & New York
Make me look beautiful, Madame d’Ora! | Leopold Museum | Vienna
New North Zurich | Different venues in public areas | Zurich

This week all roads lead to Basel!
Lovers of prime-quality art, gossipy shenanigans, and overpriced liquor rejoice: Art Basel is back this week with its 2018 edition.

#Los Angeles
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Five Shows in May
Five shows you shouldn't miss in May.

Iza Tarasewicz | Croy Nielsen | Vienna
Hito Steyerl & Martha Rosler | Kunstmuseum | Basel
Flora Hauser | Ibid | Los Angeles
Ragnar Kjartansson | Faurschou Foundation | Beijing
Jenny Saville | Gagosian | New York

Fabulous women, neolithic children and queer dudes: Say Hi to Gallery Weekend Berlin!
We’ve reached this time of the year again: for a couple of days, the Berlin art world puts on its shiniest frock to welcome visitors to Gallery Weekend. Aside from the 47 galleries who officially participate in the main event, everyone else who contributes to making Berlin such a uniquely vibrant place for contemporary art also plans on presenting exciting positions to brighten their reputation, press portfolio or finances.

#Los Angeles
#New York
Five Shows in April
A selection of five shows you shouldn’t miss in April. Enjoy!

Barbara Hepworth | Pace Gallery | New York
Timur Si-Qin | Société | Berlin
Sylvie Fleury | Karma International | Los Angeles
Sophia Al-Maria | Project Native Informant | London
Marianne Vlaschits | Galerie Nathalie Halgand | Vienna

#Los Angeles
#New York
Five Shows in March
Here are five shows you should check out in March.

Sam Lewitt | Miguel Abreu Gallery | New York
Gallery Share | Hannah Hoffman | Los Angeles
Elin Gonzales | Lucas Hirsch | Düsseldorf
Women Look at Women | Richard Saltoun Gallery | London
Louisa Gagliardi | Plymouth Rock | Zurich

#Los Angeles
LA (Un)confidential – Exhibitionary goes West!
About a hundred years ago, movie executives discovered California’s magic sunlight, relative absence of labor regulations and pleasant ocean views: Los Angeles was picked as the location of choice to shoot pictures. Ever since, a steady stream of hopeful, driven and adventurous people has been fuelling the city of Angels, transforming it into a fertile ground for cultural initiatives. Hence, it seems only logical for Exhibitionary to chose LA as its third US and eleventh altogether location! From now on, you can check out, select, and visit the city’s most thrilling exhibitions thanks to our app.

#New York
Five Shows in February
The top five shows not to miss in February.

James Benning | neugerriemschneider | Berlin
Adrian Buschmann | Gabriele Senn Galerie | Vienna
Mi Kafchin | Lyles & King | New York
Pizza is God | NRW Forum | Düsseldorf
Lydia Ourahmane | Chisenhale Gallery | London

Five Shows in January
Our recommendations for the five shows to see in January.

Kathe Burkhart | Mary Boone Gallery | New York
Carmen Herrera | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen | Düsseldorf
Leonor Antunes | Whitechapel Gallery | London
Group Show | Eva Presenhuber | Zürich
Fahrelnissa Zeid | Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle | Berlin

#New York
Five Shows in December
Here are the five shows we recommended to see in December.

Evgeny Antufiev | Emalin | London
Jemima Kirke | Sargent’s Daughters | New York
Anna K.E. & Florian Meisenberg | WNTRP | Berlin
Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 | Kunsthalle Wien | Vienna
Tschabalala Self | Thierry Goldberg Gallery | Miami

Lots of glamour, lots of art and lots of fun. Here comes Art Basel Miami Beach!
The conclusion of this year's busy schedule will have Miami’s white beaches and refrigerated fair halls as a setting; but this time, the program of and surrounding the Donatella Versace of fairs seems at least as busy as the rest of the year: museum (re)openings, satellites, parties and endless Uber drives will keep the glitterati more occupied than ever.

#New York
Five Shows in November
Here’s our a selection of five shows we recommend to check out in November.

Michael E. Smith | KOW | Berlin
Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings | Arcadia Missa | London
Marguerite Humeau | Museum Haus Konstruktiv | Zurich
Louise Bonnet | Half Gallery | New York
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme | Kevin Space | Vienna

Frieze Week is here – with some radical feminism, emerging talents and new spaces!
This week London celebrates the 15th edition of Frieze, the capital’s prime art fair and a must-go station on the art world’s calendar. As it so often is the case with an event of such magnitude, the wave it triggers makes many others want to ride it; consequently, a myriad of great shows, openings and satellite fairs are set to take place concurrently.

We've just released some amazing new features!
Now you’re able to publish your Picks and share them with others. It's easy to follow your friends and other interesting editors and see which shows they recommend.

Knock Knock – It’s Berlin Art Week!
It’s that time of the year: Summer has violently vanished and been replaced by depressing temperatures, the semi-licit outdoor rave program is put on hold and Berlin Art Week is here again.

Talking Art and Artsy Talks – Good to Talk
Good to Talk, a 46-hour long marathon of talks, lectures, and panel discussions, rounded off by the occasional live performance and musical intermezzo, aims to break open the sometimes crusted cocoon in which the art world unfolds and therefore produce fresh food for the minds of audience and participants alike.

Great Art, Good Beer, and a Juicy Rivalry – DC Open in Düsseldorf & Cologne
Düsseldorf and Cologne, historically two of Germany and Europe’s most relevant spots regarding postwar culture. We’re glad to announce that we’ve partnered with DC Open and on this occasion, we are launching Düsseldorf in our app. We will consequently provide you with some insight into the highlights taking place during these three days.

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Five Shows in June
These are the last shows for many galleries before they take a much needed holiday. All too often they just present a group show of whatever inventory is available from their artists (that didn't sell at the fairs). We searched for exhibitions that raise well above the expected, and we’re delighted to see some galleries mounting some of their finest of the year.

Christopher Wool | Galerie Max Hetzler | Berlin
Carol Rama | New Museum | New York
Yan Xing | Kunsthalle | Basel
Tom Burr | Maureen Paley | London
Jorge Pardo | Galerie Gisela Capitain | Cologne

Basel is more than a symphony. It's an entire opera!
Everyone wants to look fresh when they step off the plane in Basel, but just as important as looking good is what you go to see and where you’re seen. One of the strongest ways for collectors, new and experienced, to show dedication and commitment is to show up in person to support new presentations of artists they acquire. In Basel, more than anywhere else, it is a non-stop meteoric shower of events and openings to attend.

Zürich is more than just an overture. It's a symphony!
As the art world nearly fills up its dance card with Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster, we must have one last waltz before Basel at Zürich’s Contemporary Art Weekend! Some say this is just an ‘overture to Art Basel,’ but we say it is so much more.

Skulptur Projekte Münster made easy
Wondering how to navigate Münster? The city transforms itself every ten years with Skulptur Projekte Münster into a mecca for the art world. We have mapped it all for you so download Exhibitionary and you don’t have to spend precious little time in this scenic city lost.

Are you ready for the Cologne whirlwind?
The history of post-war Cologne is a history of the emergence of contemporary art itself. Today the city still is home to major collectors (among other, Reiner Speck and Benedikt Taschen) who support established and emerging galleries. Here shows of the absolute highest caliber take place. The best way to discover which works become meaningful to you over time is to go out and see them in person.

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Five Shows in April
Here we try to give a mode of entry for first time collectors but also insight for those seasoned in the art world. This is a roundup of five shows that share a depth of lasting power, they are not simply mass-market appeal even if some are very popular.

Korakrit Arunanondchai | Clearing | New York
Yu Honglei | Carl Kostyál | London
Yuri Pattison | Kevin Space | Vienna
Susan Hiller | Pérez Art Museum | Miami
Donna Huanca | Travesia Cuatro | Madrid

Athens: The unsolved mysteries of Documenta 14
Everyone has heard something about the first ever Athen’s chapter of Documenta (arguably the biggest thing happening in art right now). With only days before the inauguration, there is little clarity of what to expect, and the artist list is the biggest mystery. We provide an overview of the complicated themes and why the whole art world is talking about this quinquennial.

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Five Shows in March
With “Five Shows” we launched a new format which consists of five – as Harald Szeemann would say – “with great enthusiasm and a bit of obsessiveness” hand-picked exhibitions we recommend to see or we would like you to read about.

Cristof Yvoré | M Woods | Beijing
Sheree Hovsepian | Higher Pictures | New York
Hal Fischer | Project Native Informant | London
Hannah Black | mumok | Vienna
Ned Vena | Société | Berlin

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The Armory is bolder than Frieze Week. We tell you what not to miss!
Long before it became The Armory Show, it was the highly experimental perversely satirical Gramercy International Art Fair, a playing ground for a new generation of radical artists and gallerists. It took place inside the hotel of the same name and was the meeting ground for the downtown New York art scene.

All about ARCO and what to see in Madrid
It’s late February which means we are off to Madrid, already we have spent all month practicing Spanish. What is great about going to Madrid is being able to see artists who are underrepresented in Western Europe and the US (because they are often overlooked in the international scene).

The Beginning of the End: A Look Ahead to 2017
We are more positive about the coming year than the title of this post might suggest, even if we do live in fraught times. We share the sentiments of Jerry Saltz who said when asked about 2017 and the future of galleries:

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The End of the Beginning: A Look Back at 2016
The end of the year gives space and time for reflection. 2016 was incredible for us. We launched our app Exhibitionary during the hot days of summer, which – now in winter – seems so far away. Within a few months, Exhibitionary grew into a global art guide with curatorial picks in major art centers around the world.

Forget the fairs! Seven things you shouldn't miss in Miami
Miami is the best place to see the diversity of Latin American art because of its proximity to the region. Many of the great private collections in Miami focus on art outside the hegemonic cannon. It is not only the rich visual arts but also the culture and food of the region that we immerse ourselves in.

Must-see guide for Art Basel Miami and the top parties you probably won't get into
As always, we are determined to find hope, sun, and LSD (love, stimulants, vitamin D) in Miami. Last year, postdiluvian floods reminded us that nature is bigger than even Gavin Brown’s beach party. This year, Zika put a cramp in Galerie Perrotin’s party and canceled Jack Shainman’s outdoor blast – but fear not, the show must go on and the parties rage on.

Top Six Shows in Turin
We are on a pilgrimage to Turin! Part of what makes the treasured art institutions in the city so exciting to see is the beautiful town that inspires them and the jaw-dropping post-Renaissance buildings they are housed in. Here are our top six shows that are must-sees.

Top ten shows to see in Paris during FIAC
There is no place like Paris; it is the right city for art. This year many galleries chose FIAC over Frieze. One major factor putting Paris back on the map is the evolution of FIAC under the Director Jennifer Flay. So here are our top 10 museum quality exhibitions to see in Paris now.

London Calling for Frieze Frenzy
London, one of the world’s most important art cities comes alive for Frieze, one of the world’s most important art fairs. The fair is about frenzied buying, except Londoners have a unique kind of refined connoisseurship that is anything but fanatic. Here are ten exhibitions we won’t miss in London and we hope you won’t miss either.

Berlin Art Week for Aficionados
The art world shuts down in August, a time to cross the blurry boundary between professional (art) life into personal (art) life. We jump out of our bathing suit directly back to work in the newest fall fashion for the big openings of jam-packed September.

Berlin's Project Space Festival Breaks the White Cube
Project Space Festival Berlin is an annual opportunity to step out of the white cube routine and experience the exciting fringes of the local scene. The strength of Project Space Festival is twofold, in its diversity and ephemerality. We’ve gone through it with a fine-comb to call out five of the finest.

Gstaad my Love – A Summer Art Affair
The summer season of art is so quiet that in order to find a great show you have to make a great pilgrimage. We are heading off to Gstaad, one of the most remote art locations, for Project 1048 which is a little bit of everything, outdoor exhibition, boundary-defying collaboration and non-profit project.

Liverpool on Strike for the Future
Facing the aftershocks of post-Brexit, it is urgent to go to the Liverpool Biennial. Under director Sally Tallant the Biennial takes over the city in the form of a free festival, a Midsummer night’s voyage through six episodes. Profound questions about our past, present, and future remain without easy answers in this political moment.

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New York Warm Up
No sleep till Brooklyn – NYC celebrates its week of summer openings. What better way to avoid the grotesque hot summer days than a pilgrimage through pristine well air-conditioned galleries in the art world’s capital?! Exactly, none.

Düsseldorf Back on the Map
In constant search of the next big celebration; we are heading for the infamous Rhineland. Historically thought of as the 80's center of the German art-world, it is now putting itself back on the map. Düsseldorf is the place to be with a new private museum, a new hip gallery, and commemorative performances!

Last Look at Art Basel
In the congested summer schedule of the touring art world, Art Basel is an event sometimes preferably ignored but never forgotten. Art Basel was overwhelming and exhausting. At times it was underwhelming, at times, it blew us away.

Manifesta Tips
Just as the hangover is fading from (the celebrations of) the 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 11 begins. Zurich, as everyone knows, is all about the money. Christian Jankowski hit it right on the head when he chose “What People Do For Money,” as the theme this year for Manifesta.